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appreciate. ♪ we will we will rock you >> reporter: jeanne moos, cnn, new york. >> love jeanne moos. thanks, jeanne, thanks very much. to our viewers that's it for me. thanks very much for joining us. i'm wolf blitzer in "the situation room." the news continues next on cnn. good evening, everyone. i'm john king. tonight there are reports in israel the obama administration is leaning toward telling israel bunker busting bomb that is could be used against iran yawn nuclear sites. rare bipartisanship in congress today on the issue that likely matters most to you, the economy. plus what keeps mitt romney up and night and how he deals with it. let's just say your breakfast is let's just say your breakfast is his nightcap. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com we begin with significant new developments in the standoff over iran's nuclear program and what to do about it. in a moment the framework for one last attempt at diplomacy. but first new indications tonight of what might come to
pass if that diplomacy fails. according to israeli media reports. prime minister benjamin netanyahu's visit to america this week included a request for one of america's most sensitive bombing systems, bunker bombs. it sounds like the administration is inclined to say yes. at the white house today a very careful response. >> in meetings the president had there was no such agreement proposed or reached. >> note the meetings with the president. from the spokesman there. prime minister netanyahu made the request in talks with the pentagon. this would be used if israel were to launch strikes against the suspected iranian nuclear facilities. let's look at what we're talking about using recent satellite imagery. these are the reported iranian nuclear sites. let's focus on two, one at quom we talked about before. as you pull it out here's why the bunker busting bombs would be so important. look at these openings captured
in the satellite images. these go down to some sort of underground facility, deep underground is where israel and others believe iran is working on these weapons program. let's look here at espanhan as well. you see a helicopter landing pad here. air defenses right here. look at this. these red dots up here, intelligence analysts say each dot is an entrance to a deep underground facility below ground. the israeli preparations for possible strikes on facilities such as this come as the united states pushes iran to return to negotiations. those negotiation, aimed at getting iran to permanently agree to end its nuclear weapons program. >> so we are hoping that the iranians will come to the table prepared to have the kind of serious and sincere discussion we have been looking for for several years. we think it is even more pressing and imperative today
than it has been in the past. and we would like to see diplomatic progress, which we support. >> the secretary of state says. perspective from cnn's fareed zakaria including his take on the iran's supreme leader. >> i heard two days ago the american president said he's against at war with iran. these are good words and against indication of illusion. but u.s. president has added he wants to bring the iranian people to their knees through imposing sanctions. this part of his statement is a continuation of illusion regarding this issue any reason to believe when you listen to supreme leader that iran is willing to come to the table in a serious way and give up on this program? >> there's rhetoric on both sides. the iranians in particular tend to have wild and outlandish rhetoric which is part of a
theology-based regime. i wouldn't read too much into what khamenei said. the really important question is, are they feeling the pain. and i think the very fact that khamenei, the supreme leader, made that statement and said it's good to hear that obama is talking about maybe not going to war, the fact that they've sent offers and offers to negotiate, that they send the negotiator, all these are signs that the iranians are responding to the pressure. they have always behaved like this. they're fairly calculating. and when they see the pressure and when it pinches they begin to act. >> and israel does not get a seat at that table but they obviously have perhaps the highest level of interest in any discussions should the negotiations resume again. listen here the israeli ambassador to the united states. he was on the program yesterday. israel is very skeptical about iran essentially using negotiations to buy more time. >> we know from experience that iran has used talks to delay and stall while it keeps on
enriching uranium, while it keeps on developing its international ballistic miss sell program. >> do the israelis have a point? should they be concern. >> the israelis have a point. they should be concerned. it is worth pointing out, however, the iranians did also once freeze the program as a kind of good faith gesture this was during the george w. bush administration. and that administration basically rejected that -- didn't pay much attention to that and did nothing with it and proposed no real diplomatic solution. >> and how do you set that standard? as i ask let me put it in the context of the u.s. ambassador to the united nations, susan rice. she says they'd better come serious ready to deal and give up their nuclear program. the window is finite. how do we define finite? >> the question is do they have a weapons program and when does it reach a critical mass? that's when presumably the negotiations have to stomt it's very difficult to tell where we are there. my own gut is we still have a fair amount of time to test whether the iranians are serious about negotiating, but we also
have to come up with solutions that make sense, you know. when you have a negotiation both sides have to meet somewhere. and right now it seems to me that listen to republican candidates, nothing short of a complete and total iranian cap it lags under foreign pressure is going to be acceptable. when has that happened? when does a nation simply throw up its hands and cry "uncle" and surrender? especially a nation like iran? 9 million people, proud history, sees itself as a pivotal player in the region. that's not going to happen. we've got to try and -- if we want a negotiated settlement we're also going to have to work toward it. >> fareed zakaria, as always thank you. >> a pleasure. let's turn now to the still very, very lively republican presidential race. right now mitt romney is about to hold a rally in mississippi. see him right there with the crowd. republicans there in the neighboring state of alabama vote in the presidential primaries next tuesday. earlier today the former massachusetts governor told a birmingham radio station he
realizes alabama and the deep south, well, present a bit of a challenge. >> well, i realize that it's a bit of an away game. but i also think we're going to pick up some support in the states that remain this month. we obviously had a terrific super tuesday and got a good head start. but i'd like to get some support from folks in alabama. >> telling reporters he won't ask any of his rivals to drop out. rick santorum today asked alabama voter toss narrow the field down to himself and governor romney. >> if you go out and deliver a conservative victory for us on tuesday, this race will become a two-person race. and it becomes a two-person race for the republican nomination. the conservative will win that nomination. [ cheers and applause ] >> newt gingrich, though, says he's staying in this race because he believes it's impossible for a republican moderate to win the general
election. gingrich concentrating exclusively on mississippi and alabama this we're this week. he attacks president obama who gingrich says wants higher gas prices. >> so the president's political consultants have said to him, this gingrich attack on the price of gasoline is dangerous. we've got to do something about it. and it's been fascinating. as you can tell when you watch, half of him wants to do the politically smart thing, which is to be for us paying less. the other half of him can't give up his left wing radical ideas. >> energy also the focus of a big debate back here -- would transport oil from canada down to the u.s. gulf coast. it needed 60 votes in the senate this afternoon but came up short, getting only 56. the house speaker john boehner says he cannot understand why
the president is taking a go slow approach. >> personally lobbying against the keystone pipeline means the president of the united states is lobbying for sending north american energy to china and lobbying against american jobs. >> congressional course didn't dana bash joins us live from capitol hill. dana, let's start here. why was the vote so close? >> reporter: because of what you just heard. the republicans had done a pretty good job of framing this as a jobs issue and it made it very difficult for some democrats to vote no. for example i talked to senator bob case yf of pennsylvania. he was one of those democrats who defied the president. he said look at a time of high gas prices, a time of joblessness, it was impossible for him to vote against something that could provide help in both areas. other democrats voted with republicans because the pipeline could come through their state. again jobs. and also because they're from oil-producing states. so this is a regional issue and an economic issue. >> so take us inside the president's lobbying. how hard was he lobbying? how important was this to him?
>> reporter: very important to him. because this would have been a huge embarrassment if it would have passed. it wasn't so great that 11 democrats defied him in the first place. but he called several democratic senators trying to make sure thought didn't go over the top. and politics of this are really interesting, john. because i'm told that senate democratic leaders, they basically said look to you the white house, this is your decision to take a stand on this political issue. as i just said does not necessarily cut for the democrats across the board. so they said to the president, he needs to do the lobbying. he needs to make the calls which is what he did. you just heard the speaker. he really jumped on that saying are you kidding? the president is lobbying against jobs? but we should also note that the white house insists they're not against this pipeline all together but they say that the final plans are not done and they're not going to approve a pipeline until they see exactly where it's going through the country. >> president wins on this vote today but this debate will continue throughout the campaign. dana bash live on capitol hill. dana, thank you. democrats and republicans believe it or not in the house
actually agreed on something today. a jobs bill makes it easier for small companies to grow. it passed by an overwhelming bipartisan majority. haven't heard that word very often, have you? bipartisan. the senate's working on a similar bill and president obama indicates he's for the idea. stay with us. in a moment we'll speak to one of the jobs bill's biggest supporters. the republican and house majority leader eric cantor. oun] this is lawn ranger -- eden prairie, minnesota. in here, the landscaping business grows with snow. to keep big winter jobs on track, at&t provided a mobile solution that lets everyone from field workers to accounting, initiate, bill, and track work in real time. you can't live under a dome in minnesota, that's why there's guys like me. [ male announcer ] it's a network of possibilities -- helping you do what you do... even better. ♪ helping you do what you do... even better. imagine if you could always see life [music] in the best light.
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on the house floor a bill aimed at attracting new employers passed with bipartisan support. republicans leaders in particular weren't shy about patting themselves on the back. >> this is just another step in the right direction. >> today was a very bipartisan day. >> we really can work together. >> joining me now the author of the jumpstart our businesses start-ups bill the house majority leader eric cantor. i'm cracking a joke about it making fun of it but it's been a long time since we've seen a 390-23 vote. big bipartisan vote in favor of this legislation. can we have more? >> we certainly hope so. i mean, this bill i think reflects congress actually
beginning to come together, both sides trying to set aside differences and rally around what we know needs to happen. and that is to get entrepreneurs, small business men and women back into the game of job creation. and what the jobs act does very simply is it reduces the red tape that has been in the way for small business people, allows for the introduction of more startups. that's the problem, john. we've seen over the last three years the number of start up businesses in america decline. we know that most jobs in america come from small businesses. this is a way to jumpstart that again to see more jobs created and get this economy growing again. >> now, the president has said he would sign this bill. the white house also says they would like some bigger what they think are more bold jobs proposals passed. i want you to listen here to the house democratic leader nancy pelosi. sure she says this is good but -- >> it's because it's so meager. trumpet tata tata! here comes the little king
[ laughter ] >> this is -- yes, it is bipartisan. we pledge to the flag. that's a big thing. >> she doesn't seem to think too much of this. >> well, you know what, nancy pelosi may make fun and say it's meager but it's not going to be meager and insignificant to the small businesses that will actually start up because of this. and all the new jobs that are created because of this. and i'd like to ask her what she would say to the individuals who actually are going to get a job because of this. it's not too meager to them. so again, the kind of constructive attitude that we can take it, let's begin to take steps together to actually solve problems. and that's what today was all about, focusing on trying to do things for small business people, getting businesses started up again. and frankly now i think the onus goes over to the senate. and we hope that leader reid will take this bill right up and do as the president has asked us and get the bill to the president's desk as quickly as possible so we can be there to help small business start-ups.
>> especially in this campaign, republicans are fond of breaking out charts or breaking out past votes to the president and saying you said if we passed the stimulus bill unemployment wouldn't go above 8.1%. this is your legislation. let's assume the president signs it. leader cantor if i call you back in six months how many jobs will be created because of this legislation? >> i am not prepared to even give you a number. what i can tell you is the bipartisan vote surrounding this bill reflects the common sense notion that if you make it easier, if you get rid of the red tape standing in the way of small buzz job creation, if you allow for small businesses to access capital, you're going to see more small businesses start up. and there's some outside studies out there indicating x number of jobs that will be created because of this. but i can assure you, this is a positive step forward to creating an environment to see more entrepreneurial activity and job growth come about. >> let me close with a couple questions on other topics. you recently endorsed mitt
romney, the form massachusetts governor and former house speaker who used to work in the chamber where you are now a leader, this is his reaction to that. >> i think he goes around the country and he's legitimately collected most of the insiders. i like eric cantor, but he is sort of quintessentially part of that same group. >> are you quintessentially a washington insider? >> i don't consider myself as such, no. and the reason why i endorse mitt romney is because he is the only individual in the race to put forward a bold pro-growth plan to create jobs. as we've just been talking, john, the congress has decided it can rally around the one important message, and the one important policy point that needs to happen, and that is we need to create an environment for the private sector job creators to kick into action. mitt romney understands it. he's the only man who's actually created jobs. he's the only candidate in the race, including the president, who has a track record of actually solving problems. >> would you be comfortable with speaker gingrich as the nominee? >> i'm going to be comfortable
with mitt romney as the nominee. i think he is going to be our nominee. i think just as newt gingrich would say he would support the republican nominee, i would support the republican nominee. >> house majority leader eric cantor. appreciate your time tonight. >> thank you, john. next, some of afghanistan's air force pilots may be flying some extra fargo on the side. illegal drugs. also you ladies especially may be familiar with the products that made a u.s. woman the world's youngest billionaire.
. welcome back. here's kate bolduan with the latest news you need to know right now. >> reporter: hello, everyone. lots of news to get to today. vindication today for former mississippi governor halee barber. the mississippi supreme court upheld his pardons of about 200 people last january including some convicted murderers. the state's attorney general argued barber didn't follow proper procedures in a statement obtained by cnn former governor halee barber says "this was not only about the power of the pardon or even the power of the office but about the ability of a governor to grant mercy." today's ruling says the pardons "may not be set aside or voided." in other news a very scary afternoon in pennsylvania today as an armed gunman left two people dead and injured at least seven at the university of pittsburgh medical center's western psychiatric institute. authorities have not released the identity of the gunman or the motive, but on its twitter account the medical center says
the suspect is among the dead. and during a video conference today afghan president hamid karzai told president obama the security situation has calmed down after the days of rioting that followed nato troops mistakenly burning qurans. meanwhile the u.s. is now investigating reports that some members of afghanistan's air force used their planes to transport drugs. i'm sure much more on that to come. president obama's spokesman says there is nothing wrong with using hollywood talent, including the voice of actor tom hanks in a new documentary. >> do we look at the day's headlines or do we remember what we as a country have been through? and we want to squeeze in one more story from the new forbes magazine's list of the
world's billionaires. the youngest self-made woman on the list is 41-year-old sarah blakely, the founder of spanx which to put it delicately if you don't know makes slimming undergarments. she is worth $1 billion. on be hatch of many women in america we thank her. >> i'm going to be very, very, very careful here and say congratulations. a billion is a good thing. and if you have a billion this might make this a little bit easier. gas is up 60 cents a gal so far this year. our chief business correspondent ali velshi went on the road and what he found is a real eye opener. [ male announcer ] this is lawn ranger -- eden prairie, minnesota.
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in this half hour reports of mass executions in syria as the united states and other countries around the world can't figure out whether they can do anything to stop the killing. also the facts behind why you're paying so much more at the pump. even though the united states is producing more oil than it has in years. and what you'll notice or not is the fallout from a huge explosion on the sun starts hitting the earth. even though dozens were killed in fighting across syria today, the united nations new special envoy the former secretary general kofi annan cautioned outside military intervention could he said make the crisis worse. secretary of state hillary clinton says the united states is trying to help unifight
opponents of the syrian president bashar al assad. >> we are working closely with the syrian opposition to try to assist them to be able to present that kind of unified front and resolve that i know they feel in their own -- on their own behalf is essential against this struggle against the brutal assad regime. >> our reporter arwa damon, what's happening on the ground. what's the latest you're hearing today? >> reporter: well, once again as is taking place just about every single day, dozens of people were killed across the country, john. and activists are reporting that in homs alone 44 people were summarily executed in a field. now, vallue valerie amos the human rights chief visited the neighborhood baba amad. she said she was completely
taken back by the sheer level of destruction and lack of people. she said she was wondering where it was all the families there would have fled. to video that emerged from the neighborhood right next to this neighborhood gives an idea of what it was that valerie amost would have seen. deserted area. every single building barg marks from bullets or artillery falling and no sign of humanity whatsoever. >> and arwa, inside syria reports the oil deputy minister is defecting. highest-ranking official to abandon the regime. let's listen to what he had to say. >> translator: i do not want to end my life servicing the crimes of this regime. you have inflicted on those you claim are your people a full year of sorrow and sadness. denied them their basic rights to life and humanity and pushed the country to the edge of the abyss. >> arwa, is this significant just one official? does it matter? >> reporter: this is an indication that the regime is
beginning perhaps to fray on the inside. what activists are hoping is that this defection is going to encourage others to take this critical step as well. because up until now this really is overall a regime that still maintains a fairly strong grip on power, john. >> arwa damon in beirut, lebanon. aura, thank you. sadly you don't need me to tell you this part. a gallon of gas costs 60 cents more than it did at the beginning of the year. we're only three months in. the price spike was a hot topic on capitol hill today as house lawmakers questioned the energy secretary steven chu. ali velshi, i want your help with fact checking. here's secretary chu talking about the pace of oil production here in the united states. >> i believe it's the highest it's been in over eight years. also as you pointed out, the fraction of the oil we import has declined. we're exporting fewer dollars
abroad. and as we produce more oil here domestically, that's jobs in america, wealth creation in america. >> true or false? >> reporter: it's actually true. let's compare 2010, which is the last year for which we have full figures, to 2008. we were up. we produced 800,000 barrels more of oil or oil equivalents, other forms of energy, in 2011 than we did in 2008. now, that's because there were a number of fields, more exploration opened up under the obama administration. some people will tell you those were permits granted under the bush administration. but there have been new ones granted under the obama administration. so 2011 might actually even be higher than the 7.5 million barrels. and what secretary chu was saying is our net dependence on foreign oil is now at 49%, from a high of 60%, john. >> so let's listen some more of the secretary here talking about how much oil we americans are
consuming. >> first, there was a dramatic decrease, unfortunately, due to a very severe recession that we're slowly climbing out of. there's another important part, and that is the efficiency, the use of gasoline is improving. and this goes directly to help every american family in reducing the amount they spend on gasoline every week. >> what do we make of that? >> reporter: well, i think that's about half true. i'd go half to maybe a little more than half. i'll tell you why. the secretary's right. over the last ten years due to fuel-efficiency largely americans have started driving less and using less fuel. part of that is also when oil prices go up, gas prices go up. people make better choices. so when gas got up to $3.50 a gallon in the past or $4 a gallon people got out of their suvs and started buying more fuel-efficient cars. the rescission happened and that caused less people to drive around. why i say it's half true, just
because we're using less gas doesn't mean we're spending more. this increase in the price of gas takes that moan right out of the pockets of american households. so his facts are correct about oil and gas usage. but whether or not we're spending less, that's a household to household matter. and in some cases people are spending more than they were two years ago, for instance, on gasoline, john. >> ali velshi, live in austin, texas. thanks so much. more free checking accounts are dyeing off. today wells fargo customers in half a dozen states, more states, learned they'll be paying $7 for their basic checking. alison kosik sizes up the new fee. >> reporter: hi, john. the basic free checking account seems to be getting closer and closer to extinction. wells fargo said today it's going to be introducing a $7 monthly maintenance fee on customers in six states who already have accounts with them. these are customers in new york, new jersey, connecticut, delaware, pennsylvania and
georgia. and this goes along with the move that wells fargo made in 2010 when the bank did away with free checking for new customers. but it's not just wells fargo doing. this this really seems to be a trend. bankrate.com says 55% of all checking accounts have fees now. that's up from 24% in 2009. all right. so here's a sampling of some of those fees. they really run the gamut. chase charges a hefty $25 fee for its most basic checking account. a similar account at smaller t.d. bank will cost you about $4 a month. hey, but the free checking account still lives at capital one. keep in mind, though, these are just the minimum fees. and these fees go up for more complex accounts and often vary depending on where you live. the good news, though, is that you can get around these fees because in most cases they're discounted or waived completely if you keep a minimum balance, you use direct deposit or if you opt out of getting paper ever statements through the mail. that's true for wells fargo, too. wells fargo says customers will be notified before those fees
take effect on their accounts. the bank does say it is making these changes gradually and hopes they're giving customers time to go into their branch, talk over their options and find the account that works for them. john? >> alison kosik, thank you. up next, hear the truth about newt gingrich's presidential campaign and whether it's about to run out of gas. and you'll hear the remark that got congressman barney frank banned for a day from the house floor. sarah... will you marry me? i think we should see other people. in fact, i'm already seeing your best friend, justin. ♪ i would've appreciated a proactive update on the status of our relationship. who do you think i am, tim? quicken loans? at quicken loans, we provide you with proactive updates on the status of your home loan. and our innovative online tools ensure that you're always in the loop. one more way quicken loans is engineered to amaze.
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most campaigns try to play down expectations. let's give the gingrich for president campaign a tip of the cap for honesty. looking ahead to next week's southern primaries in mississippi and alabama, the gingrich spokesman r.c. hammond put it this way "everything between spartanburg all the way to texas, those all need to go for gingrich." first a little refresher political gee og fichlt south carolina and georgia are the only two gingrich wins so far. his spokesman's candor means alabama, mississippi, louisiana and texas are considered must wins. i'd like to add arkansas to that list, too, which brings us to tonightate truth. speaker beginning ri speaker gi candidate with the most at stake. frontrunner mitt romney has to privately be wishing him at least modest success. why? rick santorum can answer that question better than i can. >> if you go out and deliver a conservative victory for us on
tuesday, this race will become a two-person race. and it becomes a two-person race for the republican nomination, the conservative will win that nomination. >> now, governor romney's campaigning in both alabama and mississippi. but if you listen here, he doesn't sound like a man expecting a victory in either state. >> i'm confident we're going to get some delegates. that's of course what this is all about, getting the delegates necessary to become the nominee. >> now, if romney can't win mississippi or alabama, and the odds are long, he would prefer gingrich over santorum. in camp romney's thinking, another gingrich revival beats another santorum surge at the moment, anyway. let's talk truth tonight with gop congressman tom davis -- washington bureau chief for time michael crowley and former oklahoma congressman jason watts a gingrich supporter. this is the defining question. does santorum get a one on one shot or does newt come back for
his ninth life. writing about senator santorum michael writes "as long as he sticks around santorum is sure to keep steering the political conversation towards the issues of religion, morality and sexual mores that have come to define his mid cal identity but which may be causing the republican party severe damage to the moderate swing voters they'll need to beat barack obama this fall. and don't discount the possibility that newt gingrich drops out of the race suddenly creating a head-to-head contest between romney and santorum with ron paul nibble will go at the margins. >> is rick santorum hurting the party right now? >> i think he is, for this reason. the republicans' way back is really the economy. it's been high unemployment, we're going to lead you back. what santorum is doing he's altered that direction and put it back on the social issues which are when you get to the base of each party frankly that's what controls each party on the cultural side. so they've reoriented the debate on this thing.
and that has not helped with the republican narrative to beat barack obama. >> he just did, on? santorum, an interview with our piers morgan that airs tonight at 9:00 eastern. i urge everybody to watch it. i was reading through the tran skrimt. he tries to steer every question back to manufacturing and jobs. michael is he getting the hint or are people getting to him saying stop talking about this stuff? >> there's no question. when i spoke to him for my article he complained the media is pigeon holing him and trying to define him as two dimensional. two years ago he was complaining we weren't talking more about social values and mores in america. now he cease he has to steer it toward the center. there's only so much he's going to be able to do that. this is his identity. he has a long track record of fighting for these issues. when he's talking on the stump he can't help himself. he cares about this stuff. he shouldn't pretend to be something he's not and i don't think he's going to. >> senator santorum wouldn't your state, oklahoma. gingrich didn't do well there. he's looking at mississippi and
alabama. his staff has been very honest if we're having this conversation next tuesday night and he doesn't win both of those it's probably over. what did he do wrong in oklahoma? what does he need to do differently in alabama and mississippi? >> he didn't do anything wrong in oklahoma. he just didn't start it soon enough. we had a big push the last five days. when you look at the numbers we gained more than anybody. we went from about 21% to about 27% the last five days of the race. we had another three days, no telling what might have happened. but i think this issue that you guys are talking about, republicans have to show that they can walk and chew gum at the same time. i don't think you have to abandon life or marriage or being against activist judges to be for the economy. newt gingrich stood with those social conservatives on all of those issues, and at the same time created an environment to produce about 11 million jobs when he was speaker of the house. so again, we have to show that we can walk and chew gum at the same time. >> i want you to help me and congressman to you first on this one because you're a romney
supporter. he's doing this radio interview talking about his stakes in alabama. but here the question for governor romney has been can he connect with the average guy? can he connect with somebody who's down on their luck? he's a very wealthy man and we don't criticize him for that. listen to this question. i call this t ball. this is your opportunity to show empathy. >> picture me, i guess, as the small businessman today. i get up and i'm eaten alive with regulation. what do you say about that? my fuel costs are going through the roof. without being bill clinton do you feel our pain on the street level of what we're dealing without here? >> you know, one of the great experiences of my life was starting a business of my own. we got going with ten employees. and we built it up over the years. but there's no question particularly in small business you spend one heck of a lot of time filling out government paperwork, filing all sorts of taxes. >> forgive me. but there's this opportunity. gas is 4 bucks, somewhere around
4 bucks for everybody all across the country. it's teed up for you. big clinton feel my pain. there's nothing wrong with the answer. small businessmen do complain about the country about paperwork and filing taxes. what is it about governor romney where he can't just boom get at the empathy? >> he's a turn around guy. turned around the olympics. turned around massachusetts. i think he'll turn around the economy. he's got to get the narrative better. >> in a close presidential election it's who do i trust? who do i think is going to help me? protect me, right? >> but john, it's one thing after the other like that with governor romney who's saying core don't poor people off and i'll make the safety net stronger. you're saying i'll define compassion on how many people we can have on food stamps instead of saying let's see how how few people are there because we help them climb the ladder.
he's still sitting about 33 to 35% because he's not connected with not just democrats but he can't connect with republicans which he's in a republican primary. >> majority of the delegates at the moment. i agree there's a connection issue. but he's winning. >> and john i would just say, there's a connection issue. but i think to some degree there's only so much he can fake it. i mean, he's not a blue-collar guy. he doesn't struggle with the price of gas. and i almost want to give him some credit for just saying, look, i'm a manager. i ran businesses. i'm going to be able to according to him rein in the budget and make the economy better. vote for me on those grounds. to some degree i think he should live on that, rise or fall. not pretend somebody he's not and look ridiculous in the process. >> i'll start with you. is speaker gingrich in this race next wednesday which means he wins alabama a mississippi by his definition? >> i'm not the speaker. i can't speak for him. but i will admit we don't need a place or show, we need some
wins. and i think next tuesday is going to be important. but you know, only a third of the delegates have been chosen. so i could see where any one of the candidates would feel strongly about continuing on. >> is he here next wednesday? >> yeah. i think so. i think he's in for a -- look. nobody has an incentive to get out of this race at this point. and the convention is going to be just getting some show time at the convention is a prize for everyone just to grapple. >> you want him in next wednesday at team romney. you like four, you don't like two or three. >> i think he's entitled to his day. proportional voting from here out. it's going to be tough to outdelegate romney at this point. >> i think it's tough for anybody to get to 1144 mathematically. >> romney has a way to get there. harder for the other guys. >> erin keeping a close eye on the situation in iran. what should we look forward to? john, you were talking about whether the israelis had asked the united states for more powerful so-called bunker busters. but you know, john, just a few
minutes ago a late interview in tel aviv prime minister netanyahu said something that throws cold water on people saying that israelly backed off, john. he said tonight "it's not going to be days, it's not going to be weeks until we strike but it isn't going to be years." obviously that leaves the politically sensitive time frame of the u.s. election on the table. we're going talk about what he meant. why he chose to say it today, on a day when it seemed that the iranian could come to the tanl and try to find a solution in this window. so we're going to talk about that, what he meant top of the hour. >> very important story for this country and the world. thank you. the sun sends a burst of energy 93 million miles to earth and right now, we're being bombarded. how could it affect you? that's next. [ male announcer ] the draw of the past is a powerful thing.
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we've been dealing with different types of solar flairs. it's not something steady like with a 40 watt or 60 watt lightbulb. what we're getting pulse of energy that's been getting closer to the earth. that with the latest output from the sun. if you and our viewers can see, you'll notice a little sun spot activity which indicates places we've had these solar flares. the latest has been a glancing blow past the earth. because of that, noaa is telling us this is on the weaker side for the time being. still, we can be impacted in several ways. one, a high frequency of radio blackouts possible especially in the northern half of the spear. power grid outages and of course with gps and satellite interruptions, you're perhaps
going to have some trouble. >> so, you might have some problems. but there is one cool thing and that is about the auroras. if you happen to be in the northern plains into minneapolis or chicago, you might be able to see through the cloud cover and notice the lights if you look towards the north, obviously, but one big issue we're going to have is a full moon and with a full moon, that certainly is going to hamper some of the colors you might see in parts of the northern u.s. >> let's hope it doesn't cause too much trouble. thanks for explaining that. here's kate bolduan now with a latest news you need to know. >> we all own something that anows us, right? a product that doesn't work. here are the five things folks complain about most. number five, heaters and air conditioner s. four, shoes. three, toys. number two, nursery equipment
and the number one thing, appliances. making up one in three complaints. pat robertson's people say he is doing no interviews whatsoever to further explain his call for the decriminalization of marijuana possession. in a recent broadcast, he said too many people are going into the prison system for pot possession and in his words, that turns them into hardened criminals. quiet and barney frank aren't usually two words uttered in the same sentence, but he was actually banned from speaking on the house floor after this outburst. >> to now accuse us of being exexcessively concerned with credit is the most hypocritical and dishonest statement i have heard uttered in this house. >> there's a house rule banning personally attacking a fellow congressman. this was a republican on the house floor. frank was concerned where credit
was due for two similar pieces of legislation. i feel like we should institute that on the jk u.s.a. set. >> no way. no way. >> i'm kidding. >> finally, i love this one. tonight's moment you missed. mitt romney reveals one of his nightly rituals and how he ends his day might look like how you start yours. listen to what he told a radio station when asked what keeps him up at night? >> not much that keeps me up at night. by the end of the day, i am tire and i always seat something. my favorite is cold secereal. full tummy, long day, puts me right to be.
bed. >> what kind of cereal? >> i like honey nut cher owes and honey nut chex. i love anything with sugar in it. i like the most. sugar pops and honey smack, but i don't eat as much of that as the cheerios. >> get some cocoa pebbles. >> cold cereal at night. show us your sign. that says me, too. >> ask anyone in my family. mitt romney, i like you on this point, buddy. >> anyone in my family will tell you, if i have a choice of what i'll eat for dinner will be cold cereal. his list was good, too. honey nut cheerios. >> cheap date. explain this to me. cold cereal at the